Oct. 18, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Taking the course just minutes after the men’s team defeated Navy, Army women’s cross country used the momentum to keep things tight but the Midshipmen would prevail, 24-31, on a sun-splashed Friday afternoon at the West Point Golf Course. Competing in her first Army-Navy Star Meet, sophomore Madison Hill led the Black Knights for the third time in 2013.
Hill led from the front for the entire 6K race but was edged by Navy’s Annie-Norah Beveridge by less than three seconds in the final stretch. Hill crossed the line in 20:34.40 while Beveridge was clocked at 20:31.52. The Army yearling, who missed her entire freshman season recovering from an injury, has earned the top Black Knight time in the last two races.
Senior Katie Collins finished fifth overall with a time of 20:44.54, breaking up a three-pack of Navy runners. Army claimed spots seven through nine as freshman Nicole Carter (21:21.18), junior Emily Buck (21:22.48) and sophomore Lindsay Gabow (21:24.12) finished less than three seconds apart.
Junior Katrina Mecklenburg placed 12th with a time of 21:47.54 and senior captain Liz O’Donnell crossed the line 13th (21:50.06) to round out the Army scorers.
Navy’s win was its third consecutive Star Meet victory, extending its all-time series lead to 18-10. A Navy runner has also won the individual title in each of the last four meets.
“The women had a great day,” said Army head coach Troy Engle. “This is a women’s team that’s going to be hard to beat in two weeks at the conference meet. They’ve stayed healthy and focused and raced exceptionally well, making meets as close as they possibly could be. To pack three runners in at 7-8-9, if that’s 5-6-7- it’s suddenly a different outcome. We’re extremely young which only makes our future that much more exciting.
“Madi Hill, in her first season at West Point, came off a tough year and to see her run like she did is exciting. To see Katie Collins go out so strong as a senior is a great feeling. I’m really proud of the way we ran today.”
The Army-Navy meet marked the final regular-season competition for the Black Knights. Army will compete next at the Patriot League Championships, slated for Nov. 2 at Lafayette. The Black Knight women finished third at last season’s conference meet.